McCaul says Biden's Iran prisoner swap deal 'naive'

By Jen Krausz on
 August 14, 2023

Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) blasted President Joe Biden's Iran prisoner swap deal that released five American prisonersin exchange for Iranian prisoners and $6 billion in assets, calling it "naive."

"Reagan said trust but verify. I have to use the word naïveté," McCaul, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said.

He argued that the $6 billion would "prop up" Iran's "proxy war terror operations" as well as their nuclear bomb aspirations.

"Look I want to get these Americans home more than anybody. And one of them is a critical asset," McCaul said.

About the deal, though, he said, "I think we’re going back to the mistakes of the past."

Biden's special envoy to Iran is under investigation for mishandling classified documents, which doesn't help the situation in any way, McCaul said.